Small & Mid-Sized Colleges & Universities​

McAllister & Quinn is well-respected for its record of success and return on investment for its college and university clients nationwide.

McAllister & Quinn offers federal grant and faculty development consulting to small and mid-sized colleges to help an institution sharpen its strategic focus and increase and diversify external funding. McAllister & Quinn has secured hundreds of millions of dollars in competitive grant funding for scholarships and student support, academic programs, research, and equipment.

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Professional Grant Writing & Coaching

McAllister & Quinn maintains the largest and most specialized grant consultant network in the country. Faculty and staff work with writing teams from our proprietary network of over 250 subject matter experts. A writing team that includes a McAllister & Quinn in-house professional, writer, reviewer and editor is assigned to grant projects. Our team works collaboratively with faculty and staff. McAllister & Quinn can transform a small or non-existent grants office into a robust grant seeking operation.

McAllister & Quinn Senior Vice President, Dr. Jessica C. Gerrity, discusses how McAllister & Quinn works with our clients.

Value-Added Services

We offer services that increase and diversify funding streams and build capacity at your institution.

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The U.S. Congress is accepting congressionally directed funding requests (formerly referred to as earmarks) after an eleven year pause. McAllister & Quinn has long-standing expertise in government relations and in working with colleges and universities to secure congressionally directed funding for strategic projects. McAllister & Quinn provides guidance about connecting with congressional delegations and the development of competitive ideas.

McAllister & Quinn can help your institution prepare and negotiate a federally negotiated indirect cost rate. A negotiated rate can amount to thousands of dollars allocated to the institution per federal award, and hundreds of thousands of dollars over time. Indirect cost dollars, to be allocated at an institution’s discretion, can help fund operational costs related to maintaining and supporting a grants culture on campus.

The McAllister & Quinn faculty development model was created with faculty and staff at teaching institutions in mind.  McAllister & Quinn professional development offerings appeal to a range of faculty and staff at different experience levels. McAllister & Quinn offers tailored and comprehensive faculty development programs, as well as monthly webinars, on a variety of topics that aim to help faculty and staff improve their grant seeking approach and learn more about funding opportunities.

McAllister & Quinn partners with Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP (FTLF), a DC-based grants compliance and post-award legal firm, to deliver training on higher education post-award processes and compliance. Post-award training increases institutional capacity and confidence to manage millions of dollars in federal funding and anticipate funder questions in the post-award stage of grants.

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Every day McAllister & Quinn clients are notified by a funder that their proposal has been selected for funding.

Examples of Recent Client Success:

Pennsylvania College of Technology received a $1.5M S-STEM Track 2 grant from the National Science Foundation. This award supports the retention and graduation of high-achieving, low-income students with demonstrated need.

Sacred Heart University was awarded a $2.6M HRSA ANEW grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration. This grant increases the number of family nurse practitioners and psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioners from diverse backgrounds.

Agnes Scott College was awarded a $744K Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) Women’s Colleges and Universities (WCUs) grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). This award addresses the significant national gender gap and separate experiences of women in STEM in the United States.

Kutztown University received a $2.2M Title III Strengthening Institutions Program grant from the Department of Education. This grant will strengthen KU students' retention and graduation rates and eliminate equity gaps by increasing access to high impact practices and providing comprehensive support systems for greater academic success, student well-being, sense of belonging, and career preparedness.

SUNY Purchase was awarded a $3M Title V grant from the Department of Education. This award increases academic success, reduces systemic barriers to achievement, and improves student retention of Hispanic and low-income students.

Representative Clients

Recent Insights

Enhancing Higher Education Access through Federal Grants

McAllister & Quinn, EAB, Technical College of the Lowcountry, and Pueblo Community College are hosting a virtual panel discussion on FEBRUARY 29, 2024 AT 1 P.M. ET covering the strategies and resources for securing and effectively managing federal grant programs.

Opinion Piece: Tough Times for Private Higher Education

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Small & Mid-Sized Colleges & Universities Team